For me a fast day could go lazy and slowly. I'd spend the afternoon preparing vegetable soup (and pizza when the kids were living at home,) no stress at all. Then, davka, yesterday was Ta'anit Ester, the Fast of Esther and I had late shift at Yafiz. And to top it all off, it was Thursday, and I have cooking and cleaning to do on Thursday. How was I going to pull that off?
First of all, I psyched myself up on the possibility that I may have to break the fast early. Over the years, I've discovered that I do best breaking a fast on cooked foods, like a hearty vegetable soup. There was no way I could bring any of the versions of my tnt delicious vegetable soup with me to Yafiz. So I took out my old trusty frying pan (plus cover) and cut up:
I had one of those "gift of G-d" rides straight to Sha'ar Binyamin's Rami Levi, Yafiz when I was waiting for the bus, so I got there early. I tried to do a bit of shopping in Rami Levi, but I couldn't concentrate and decided to obey the rule:
Don't shop on an empty stomache!There was nothing left to do but go to work, so I "signed in." After working with the customers for an hour or more, I felt that I was walking in circles and knew that the time had come to eat. I wasn't getting paid to wander around confused. My boss was very supportive and understanding:
So I sat down and ate the food in the smaller container, a couple of walnuts and drank some water. I didn't jump up immediately, because I wanted the food to reach my brain first. Then I felt fine, and after the fast was officially over, I ate the rest of my food, made myself tea and finished the water. Within a half an hour I felt "myself" and it was as if I had eaten normally the entire day.
Thank G-d I have an understanding boss and I've learned what's best for myself. Just like my dieting advice, the key is planning and preparation. As long as I have the right foods with me, I'm not tempted by what I shouldn't be eating.
Today is Friday, Erev Shabbat, lots to cook, clean and also pay a shiva call, (visit a mourner.)
Shabbat Shalom and Purim Same'ach